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Accident: 201951241 - Employee Falls In Grain Bin And Dies From Asphyxia

Accident: 201951241 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 07/28/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12198293807/29/19985153Master Feed Mill, Inc.
On July 28, 1998, Employee #1 and a few other employees were mixing feed and oats from Bin Number 7, a wooden bin located inside the mill building. The employees inserted a rod into the discharge spout at the bottom of the bin to break oats free. When this no longer worked and no oats would come out of the spout, Employee #1 climbed to the top of the bin. Once on top, access into the bin was by means of a series of ladder rungs built into the corner of the bin. As Employee #1 entered the opening at the top of the bin, the top rung of the ladder apparently pulled away from the wall and Employee #1 fell approximately 29 feet to the bottom of the bin. The employee was found covered with grain and died from asphyxia.
Keywords: asphyxiated, guardrail, agriculture, grain, work rules, ladder, fall, fall protection, buried, grain bin
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 121982938 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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